La. inmate attempts escape by cutting through window bars with string

The inmate had just been recaptured two days before after committing escape from another facility

By C1 Staff

DEFUNIAK SPRINGS, La. – A Walton County Jail inmate was discovered attempting to cut through the bars of his window using tooth-paste covered string, just two days after he was recaptured.

The News Herald reports that another inmate told an officer to investigate inmate Chase Courville’s cell, as he was “unable to sleep due to the noise [the inmate] had been making all night.”

The window bar at the Walton County Jail. (Photo Walton County Jail)
The window bar at the Walton County Jail. (Photo Walton County Jail)

When officers searched the cell, they found braided string coated in toothpaste that Courville had used to almost completely cut through the bottom of a small piece of metal that was still attached to the window frame.

The string had come from Courville’s blanket.

Courville was moved to a cell near booking where he would be under constant supervision.

He had escaped from Tensas Parish Detention Center and was recaptured Friday, along with two other escaped inmates. Courville was originally incarcerated for a non-violent crime.

He is now charged with an attempted escape from a secure detention facility.

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